How Unique is Your Breast Milk Stone?
Every mother’s milk is unique, and it’s these nuances that make your breast milk stone and jewelry unique and special.
Each mother’s milk has a unique color, density, and hue. Because some breast milk is higher in protein, it is whiter, giving your breastmilk stone or centerpiece a brighter, whiter appearance. Some milk has a higher fat level, giving it a richer flavor and a creamier appearance to your piece.
If your milk is more watery, you’ll get a lighter, more translucent stone or centerpiece. The breastmilk stone or centerpiece may appear denser and more opaque if the milk is heavy in sugar.
The composition of your breast milk is also affected by the stage at which you are breastfeeding. It is abundant in fat and protein when you initially start producing milk for your newborn infant. The composition of your milk changes as your baby grows, adapting to his or her changing needs.
When you start feeding solid meals to your baby, your breast milk becomes more watery and contains less protein since your child is getting the protein from somewhere else. Even during a single feeding, the milk that comes first is a little more watery than the milk that comes later, which is richer in protein. In some ways, this permits your child to “drink” before “eating.”
We turn each mother’s breast milk into a powder that has the same hues and colors as the original milk after curing and drying it. As a result, the color of your specific breast milk stone may differ somewhat from the color of the pieces you see when you place your order. The stronger proteins in your milk may cause some “specks” in your stone. All of these subtle differences are what distinguishes your breastmilk jewelry as one-of-a-kind and special, and presenting them is one of our favorite aspects of the process. There are no two pieces alike.
How is Your Breast Milk Preserved?
While each maker has its own unique method, the preservation of breast milk jewelry usually entails expressing two teaspoons of breast milk into a plastic storage bag (such as a Ziploc bag) and delivering it to the breastmilk jewelry artist. After that, the milk is stored by combining it with chemicals and allowing it to “plasticize” (or harden). The stone is then combined with resin to make it easier to mold into unique jewelry.
However, Precious Mammaries is the only known maker of breast milk jewelry that does not do it this way. Instead of using resin, they use glass. There are no other chemicals or additives to the milk besides just adhesive.
How is Your Breast Milk Jewelry Made?
Production of high-quality breastmilk jewelry necessitates talent, tooling, the proper curing procedure, and a thorough understanding of — and experience with — acrylic resin jewelry making, or glass in the case of Precious Mammaries.
To begin, the making of breast milk jewelry should not be rushed and must employ the highest-quality materials in order to produce attractive and long-lasting products. Every creator attempts to make items that clients will appreciate and admire its beauty as well as everything it represents: the mother’s determination, sacrifice, accomplishment, and unbreakable link with her baby.
The first step in the typical production of breastmilk jewelry is to cure your milk and grind it into a fine, dry powder. This begins with two teaspoons of your breast milk followed by added tiny amounts of a preservative to help suppress enzymatic activity and prevent bacterial and fungal growth. The breast milk is then slowly reduced until it produces a paste.
The milk is dried for about two weeks after putting the paste to a sealed, airtight commercial desiccator. Because incorrectly cured milk can turn your stone a dark brown color and harm both its look and durability, this long and careful drying process is crucial in keeping your milk free of bacteria and other contaminants.
The milk is then ground by hand with a tiny mortar and pestle once it has dried into larger flakes in order to get the fine, powdery consistency required for the acrylic resin casting process.
Your powdered milk is mixed with high-quality clear acrylic resin and cast it in a silicone mold to make your breast milk into a stone. Color, shimmer, gold or silver flakes, a lock of your baby’s hair, or even calligraphy are added to your piece during the mixing step.
Note that your dry milk is not consumed entirely. Creators purposefully process a surplus and keep it in a clearly labeled container to protect against faults in the final product or missing components after delivery. They also keep the cured milk on hand in case you decide to request more in the future.
It takes about twelve hours for your breastfeeding stone to cure and firm after it is cast. Stone is verified for quality once it is removed from the mold and applied a transparent protective coating to help protect it from UV rays. Depending on the type of breast milk jewelry you’ve ordered, the final stone is then placed into a ring, bail, back, or mount. Finally, your beautiful, one-of-a-kind souvenir is inspected one last time to ensure that it is ready to be packaged safely and dispatched to your door.
What are the Types of Breast Milk Jewelry?
While the necklace with a pendant or locket where the breast milk is safely kept is the most well-known breast milk jewelry, there are various types of breast milk jewelry to pick from for extra variety:
Breast milk necklaces can be worn around the neck, the solar plexus, or the chest. Allow it to warm you as it brings back memories of breastfeeding! Enjoy the comfort of knowing that 1 ounce (or less with Precious Mammaries) of your breast milk is safe and secure in your chosen pendant or locket.
Rings have long been associated with love, commitment, devotion, and eternal life. While it may apply to feelings between a man and a woman, we believe that such love develops particularly when the pair has a child, which completes the cycle of becoming a family.
There are several designs that are sure to turn heads, or should we say ears, whether you go for hanging or stud breast milk earrings. To make it more interesting and appealing, match these breast milk earrings with a breast milk necklace or ring to produce a one-of-a-kind set!
If rings and necklaces aren’t your things, a bangle or bracelet made out of your breast milk can be a lovely addition to a set.
5. BREASTMILK JEWELRY SET
If you’re having trouble deciding which to acquire, just get them all! What’s great about this is you can mix and match all of the jewelry in the breast milk jewelry set to match your outfit of the day.
How Does Addition of Inclusions Work?
Inclusions are small embellishments that you can place on your breast milk jewelry stone to make it more unique. Color tints shimmer or shine, gold or silver flakes, and even a lock of your baby’s hair are all possibilities. They are the ultimate method to customize any order, whether you combine multiple different inclusions or add just one.
COLOR OF BIRTH
One of the most common inclusions is birth color, which is mostly determined by the hues of birthstones. Birthstone colors and tints give meaning and beauty to any piece of breast milk jewelry, from warm, deep red garnet, the birthstone for January, to icy-blue aquamarine, the birthstone for March. It’s also fun to pick a hue that you like just because it’s pretty, and sky blue and blush pink are common possibilities.
SHIMMERS AND FLAKES
Other inclusions, like gold or silver flakes, may be used if you prefer to keep things neutral. If you wear mostly gold jewelry, gold flakes are a terrific choice, while silver flakes are perfect for silver aficionados.
Opalizing your breast milk jewelry stone transforms it into a light, milky opal. When seen in the daylight, this effect uses gentle specks of color to emphasize all of the rainbow’s colors in lovely pastel tones.
Your breast milk jewelry will have a sparkly finish if you use pearl powder or a pearl-like glimmer. This is a popular choice for pearl-shaped stones, and it’s a great way to add glitter without covering up the natural appearance of breast milk.
PRINTS OF A BABY
Adding your child’s handprint or footprint to your breast milk jewelry is among the favorite ways to commemorate and capture how lovely and little your child is and was.
You can also put a lock on your baby’s hair to further personalize your piece. This looks best in pendants and beads, and even a few strands would elevate any piece.
Finally, on bigger breast milk stones, important details like your baby’s name, birth date, or a little message in the font of your choice. The possibilities are endless!
In short, there are many methods to personalize and add relevance to your breast milk jewelry —even beyond the breast milk itself—because it is understandable how personal every piece of jewelry can be. And you get to shape and build the breast milk jewelry stone that best symbolizes your own style, taste, and personality as the designer.
How is Breast Milk Jewelry Best Taken Care of?
As it holds a lot of meaning and memories, taking care of your breast milk jewelry will ensure that this will last for a long time. Here are some steps on how to do this:
Take off your breast milk jewelry before bathing or showering, washing your hands or using hand sanitizer, or going swimming. Over time, dirt and chemicals from your drinking water or swimming pool can dull the sheen of your breast milk stone.
Clean your breast milk jewelry with just a slightly damp piece of cloth when necessary, avoiding jewelry cleaners and strong chemicals. Alcohol, while beneficial for cleaning metal elements of jewelry, can damage the surface of your breast milk jewelry stone, and perfume, which is commonly alcohol-based, should be avoided as well. If your breast milk stone that is made with resin becomes dull due to exposure to chemicals or even oils from your skin, simply polish it with a gentle, clean rag to restore its brilliance. If your breast milk stone is made with glass, however, your stone will never lose its shine.
While your breast milk stone will be exceedingly hard, it will not be scratch-resistant. Sharp edges can scratch the surface of your stone, so be careful when handling abrasive materials, and be careful when layering your jewelry to avoid unintended wear.
Finally, please don’t allow any of these measures to prevent you from wearing — and loving — your breast milk jewelry piece. It will easily endure long enough to keep and pass down if you maintain it properly, and you and your children will be able to love it for decades.
What Makes Precious Mammaries Different?
There are numerous artists and producers who sell breast milk jewelry, and while they all provide excellent service and a diverse selection of designs, Precious Mammaries is the clear winner for three reasons:
1. Resin is not used.
GLASS is utilized instead of resin. In all other breast milk jewelry enterprises, resin or epoxy, a substance that is essentially plastic, is employed. It has the potential to turn yellow, melt in direct sunlight, and emit fumes over time. Glass is made mostly of sand and is completely non-toxic. It will not melt in direct sunlight or turn yellow over time.
2. Stone that is one of a kind.
A ONE-OF-A-KIND stone crafted from mom’s breast milk DNA. Precious Mammaries use the proteins and carbs in your milk to create the “stone” of your jewelry, which is encased in shatter-proof glass. Because their breast milk stones are drab, other companies must add glitter to them. Their stones are also very similar to another mama’s stone in appearance, making it impossible to tell them apart. When you utilize Precious Mammaries, your stone will have a visible texture that is completely unique to you. This means that no two stones are exactly alike.
For those who are allergic to certain metals, surgical stainless steel is an alternative to sterling silver or gold. Not only is it hypoallergenic, but it’s also less expensive and never tarnishes!
This special sense of oneness with your children that comes from being their major food source won’t last indefinitely. The idea is that you will retain these Precious Mammaries as breast milk keepsakes manufactured entirely from your own milk and that you will be able to pass them on to your children when they grow up and become parents.